2014 FIFA World Cup Brasil – cheering for the underdogs

OMG, I’m falling apart. These World Cup games are nerve wrecking.

I’m coo coo for all things football, and I’m not the type to watch a game without verbally participating. Yes, I yap a lot when I watch the games, talking to the screen as if Ecuador’s Antonio Valencia could hear me or the Spaniards when they lost to Netherlands two days ago. So here I was today, watching Suise vs. Ecuador on a beautiful sunny day in Edmonton and my house was filled with yells and screams, coaching Ecuadorians players through their moves even though they didn’t know I existed. I’m a fan of South American teams (when they aren’t playing an African team).

It’s hard for me to watch a football game without really getting into it. One thing that drives my family crazy is when I cheer for the underdogs just for the sake of being impartial. When I watch local tournaments or big football events like the World Cup, I tend to cheer for the less awesome team that everyone knows doesn’t stand a chance. Regardless, I celebrate with them every little victory that happens throughout the game, and it feels darn good, and even better if the team actually wins or stands its ground. Other than the farfetched dream of Nigeria winning the World Cup, I don’t really have hopes or love for one specific country. I just really enjoy the game and show love for the underdogs that everyone boos. I just love the diversity, people’s passion (players + fans) and the togetherness an event like World Cup brings.

Here’s something that happened today that sums up my football obsession:

My brother’s girlfriend:Why are a bunch of guys doing drills and playing soccer to a Cinderella song”?

My brother:Because…soccer is magical!

 

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~ by omonaij on June 15, 2014.

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